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BlackBerry Pearl - First Take

The multimedia and e-mail-friendly RIM BlackBerry Pearl lands at Cingular.

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Quick take: It's no secret that Cingular would get its own version of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl, since it was announced at the fall CTIA 2006 show. Now, it's officially available through the carrier for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates. If you want e-mail, you'll need to tack on some kind of data plan. The Pearl is the first BlackBerry device to incorporate a camera, music, video playback, and expandable media. The Cingular-branded Pearl is largely like the T-Mobile version with the addition of push-to-talk capabilities and support for Cingular's location-based service, TeleNav GPS Navigator. For more information about the smart phone, please read our review of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl for T-Mobile.

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